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I’m back.  :) Been a while since my last travel post eh :)  Earlier, I went to Chiang Mai and as usual, I will do my own research of the hotels FIRST.  Secure a place to stay first right? So as far as boutique hotel is concern, I came across U Chiang Mai and immediately set my mind on it.  :) Luckily my travel partner, Sara, is ok with it too.

 

U Chiang Mai is a 4-star boutique hotel in Chiang Mai and let me tell you why the name U Chiang Mai.  U stands for YOU (short form you see).  So your stay at this hotel will be all about you. How? During the booking, the hotel will let you choose the type of Pillow that you prefer to sleep in (Down Feather, etc), type of Soap you prefer to use (Green Tea, Lemongrass, etc), Tea Selection (Green Tea, Earl Grey, etc) and type of music to be pre-loaded in your ipod (yes, there is one ipod in every room) :)

 

Although the U Chiang Mai Hotel is not your usual massive hotel, they still have proper facilities, which includes a library (yes, library where u can read more about CM history etc), gym, swimming pool, yoga classes and selection of DVDs.

 

Straight to pictures, shall we?

 

Sitting Area (Lobby)

The Room! Love the design :) Super comfy bed and the feather pillow as requested

Love the Lights

And the phone and the book which tells us more about Chiang Mai :)

The ipod with our music selection :)

Toilet

Small chair

Fresh Fruit (Change Daily!)

Room with Balcony and I damn love the day bed :)

Oh, and the functional antique-lookalike fan at the balcony

Another thing is, the hotel surrounding is so clean, I feel i can walk around without any shoes.. see..

The Library.  Yes, with proper place to chill and read books :)

The Pool :)

And their breakfast is pretty decent.  Another thing about this hotel, is that you can eat your breakfast ANYWHERE.  Yes, anywhere.  You just need to inform the reception earlier.  For example, you can have breakfast in your room, the restaurant, the lobby sitting area, by the pool side, etc.  Just order your breakfast and they will serve you ANYWHERE :)

Orange Juice

My coffee with different coffee art everyday :)

Cute Yoghurt! :)

Croissant

Breakfast 1

Breakfast 2

Breakfast 3 – Porridge with Condiments

Their Yau Cha Kwai is a shorter version but its nice and i like it :)

Nice right?  Oh and remember if you can’t climb stairs, remember to request the ground floor room as there is no lift/escalator.

That’s all from me and you can find the hotel details as follows:-

U Chiang Mai

70 Ratchadamnoen Road,

Sri-Poom, Muang District, Chiang Mai

Hotel Website: HERE

That’s all from me *love, blurdevil*


The Fusion Suites is the 2nd Hotel that we stayed during our last trip to Bangkok.  In terms of location, Pullman is situated in a less touristy area.  The Fusion Suites is situated at Sukhumvit area.  If you don’t already know, Sukhumvit is the place where is pretty touristy, if you ask me. You get to see (a lot) of tourist bringing their Thai gf around, night market, and sometimes they even bring in elephants (yes, elephants) around this area so that they can sell sugar cane to you, and you get to feed the elephant.

Back to The Fusion Suites location, make sure you download the map (from the website) cos most cab drivers will get pretty confuse with the address and the hidden signage is not helping!! LOL.

Semi-hidden signage

And The Fusion Suites building look like this!  :)

We manage to get a pretty good deal for the Standard Room.  There’s always ongoing promotion of Stay 3 nights Pay 2 nights.  The last time I check the website, the promotion is still ongoing but the rate is slightly higher.  I remember paying approximately THB1600 per night under this promotion.  :P

They have pretty nice deco! :)

And……………..CUT! cos blurdevil is checking in  :)

Simple yet nice  :)

Sitting Area outside the rooms

The room is pretty small.  You can easily knock yourself (or your leg) on the bed frame…

iPod docking station :P *canggih*

LCD TV which is literally right in front of your bed.  :P

Coffee/Tea? Or perhaps some Whiskey/Vodka?

Toilet (Small Basin Area)

Rain Shower  :)

Photos in the Toilet  :P

That’s pretty much about the room.  :) There’s no facilities (i.e. Gym, Swimming Pool, Garden etc) as The Fusion Suites is pretty much a boutique hotel as you can see.  Breakfast is provided.  No pictures cos I’m always late for breakfast.  You’ll get a decent coffee, eggs (omelet, scrambled, etc), toast, orange juice etc  :)  Not bad for the price we paid.

I realise that the hotel do have their own tuk-tuk but they didn’t really offer to drive you to the station or anywhere.  So we pretty much walk to the station.

The nearest station is Sukhumvit (MRT) or Asok (BTS).  When you come out from the hotel (hotel is at your back), turn right, walk about 30 seconds, you’ll reach a cross road, just turn right again, and walk all the way up until you see an entrance going down to Sukhumvit line (MRT).  If you’re going to BTS, take the MRT way as it is pretty much connected and you get your air-cond!  :)

Asok Station

And if you happen to pass by Times Square, hop on to the Jaspal Outlet Store.  Its very cheap!!! :)

Last Picture: blurdevil + train @ The Fusion Suites

No complaints on the service here but they are not attentive as compare to Pullman, but well this is a boutique hotel and for the price we paid, its pretty cheap, so there’s no complaint.  You can check out the Jacuzzi Deluxe room  if you want, cos I think its nicer, with view and slightly bigger room  :)

*hugs, blurdevil*


During my trip planning, I was practically having a headache when it comes to accommodation.  Why, you ask? Don’t get me wrong, Bali got plenty of hotels.  But the thing is, I fell in love with all the private villas, that i can daydream just looking at the website!  But but but but most of the villas are freaking freaking out of my budget.  I almost settled for one of those generic hotels, until I found Uma Sapna’s website.  They have private villas and their location is perfect!  When Lia return my email with the quotation, I was sold.  Everything seems to be in good hands.

Uma Sapna Signage from Jl Drupadi

I settled for the most affordable villa among others, the 1-Bedroom villa with Private Spa Pool.  :)  Airport transfer is included in the villa rate.  Upon arrival at the Ngurah Rai airport, we were greeted by the driver with my name on the greeting board.  =P  I think he was laughing at us for wearing a mask out of the airport.  Hahah.

Uma Sapna is approximate 30 minutes from the airport.  Actually, the journey to/from airport is only around 20 minutes but along the way there’s a lot of traffic lights, so maximum it’ll take you 30 minutes unless is super-duper jam.  As our flight was delayed, the driver actually waited for us in the airport for more than 2 hours!  All AirAsia’s fault! Hmmmph!  Then when we reach Uma Sapna, Putu greeted us at the receptionist and inform us that we were upgraded to the 1 Bedroom Villa with Private Swimming Pool!  I was more than happy after all the airasia drama.  =)

The waiting area

The Reception (I love the big big drawing behind!)

There’s laptop for you to do your surfing.  But I think the laptop needs to be upgraded.  Very slow!  =P

After settling all the check-in details, Putu escort us to our villa and boy, I was like so in love with the villa at first sight.  And trust me, its no puppy love, its L.O.V.E.!  Hahah.  Putu bring us all the way into the room and explain to us all the need-to-know things.  I was impressed, this is what I call, service.  He tell us things like how to operate the TV, DVD player, where the hair dryer is, etc etc.  Happy!  =D  Oh, btw, you can watch any DVD in the room, you just need to drop by the receptionist and they’ll bring you two box of movies for you to choose!

Now, let us see all the pictures k.  WARNING: PICTURE OVERLOAD!  =D

Our Room: RIAU (Sounded like hiao (hokkien))

I love the door sign!  “Please Do Not Disturb”

Faster come sweep my room!

The first thing I saw when I open the door, its the swimming pool, private swim pool, k. hahah

We can just walk into the pool, the naked-glamour way, cos its our own private pool! hahah

And by the way, the day bed next to the swim pool is very comfortable!  Most of the time, I lie down there and doze off, like a pig! hahahha =)

This is the Bedroom.  Comfy bed i must say.  =)

The small but cosy living area in front of the bed.  TV, DVD player, audio player is all here.  The only thing I reckon they should upgrade is the TV.  If they have LCD TV, then voila, it is almost near perfection.  =)  Oh, they got Cable TV, a lot of channels, even Asian Food Channel. Hahha.

The Big Big Mirror with not one but two basins

And basically everything is provided.  Dental Kit, Cotton Bud, Cotton Puff, Comb, Shower Cap…

Their in-room slipper is comfortable!  =P

The Shower.  =)

The Place to P&P.  tee hee

Oh, and the open concept bath tub.  I put Bramen there, so that you can gauge how big is the bathtub!  I say, it can easily fit in 4 of me!  =P  Big nice bathtub. hahha

See, i can see you. hahha

If you’re staying at this villa, you don’t need to bring any bath foam, shampoo or even conditioner!  They have very very nice shampoo, conditioner and shower gel.  Trust me, I almost wanted to bring it back cos I really love the smell

Personalised message from the Manager.  =)

The Mini Bar.

The Complimentary Fruit Platter.

Mineral Water.  Compare to some other villas that only give out maximum 2 mineral waters per day, Uma Sapna do not charge extra for the additional request for mineral water.  4 bottles of mineral water is provided daily (standard), so if you want more, just request and you’ll stay hydrated.  =)  And remember, the tap water in Bali is not really safe or recommended for drinking, so even if you boil hot water, use the mineral water.

I’m early for breakfast!  =)  Breakfast is serve daily in the villa.  Yes, in the villa.  You just need to fill in the breakfast form the night before and the next morning they’ll serve you your choice of breakfast in your villa at the time that you have requested!  How cool is that?

I shall show you some of the food serve for breakfast, k?  =)  This is Banana Pancake.

Poached Egg with Pork Bacon

Nasi Goreng Indonesia.

Mie Goreng Indonesia

Breadsss. Choose from Croissant, White Bread, Brown Bread

Or Muffin? Danish?

Scrambled Egg with Spinach

Banana Fritters

Juices (Papaya, Banana, Watermelon, etc)

Cappucino.  I prefer my Latte.  I ordered Latte everyday!

Fruit Platter

OK, see, the common area, is equally impressive too!

Common Area

Common Swimming Pool

Common Walkway

Well-manicured Garden.

Spa @Uma Sapna

Nice Flower Arrangement outside the spa.

Comfy chair while you browse the Spa Menu

My conclusion?  If i’m coming back, I’ll defintely come back to play (more) with the water splash in the swimming pool and take more pictures in the villa’s garden.  =) heheh

See you again soon, Uma Sapna.  =D

*hugs blurdevil*